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Advent and Christmas at St Andrew's

We welcome you to celebrate this festive season with us

We would love to see you at any of our in person or online services over the festive period. Pre-booking is essential for most of the services inside our church building. To join our online services, please click on the relevant link below just before they begin. You might like to join our mailing list to receive all the service details directly - just contact Phil in the parish office (email standrew.hertford@btinternet.com).


Eventbrite pre-booking for in person services

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Details for each of the seasonal services we are holding in person are can be found further down this page.


*FULLY BOOKED*

The 2.00pm Crib & Christingle Service at St Mary's Hertingfordbury is fully booked.
The 4.00pm Crib & Christingle at St Andrew's is fully booked.

 

Services online

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To join our online services, please click on the link provided just before they begin. 
 

Blue Christmas 2Sunday 12 December

A Blue Christmas Service, 6.30pm
A short service for those who find Christmas difficult or bittersweet, with time to reflect and an opportunity to remember loved ones. Click here for the Zoom link

ReadingsandCarols Christmas StSunday 19 December and repeated on Tuesday 21 December

Readings & Carols for Christmas
6.30pm on Sunday 19th & 7.00pm on Tuesday 21st

A service of lessons, readings, images and music inspired by the Christmas story, followed by an opportunity for social time in breakout rooms. Click here for the Zoom link

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Interactive Crib & Christingle Service, 6.00pm
Please have ready a toy animal to put under your tree and a candle to light, plus the following items: an orange, some red ribbon, four cocktail sticks, sweets and a small candle. All Christmas outfits welcome, but most especially nativity costumes. This service will include child-friendly songs, a story and prayers and it will last about half an hour. Click here for the Zoom link

Christmas Day Eucharist Zoom 6Christmas Day

Christmas Day Service, 10.30am 
Online Eucharist on Christmas Morning. Click here for the Zoom link

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How to attend Zoom services and events

Click on the link for each service/event above and you'll be taken straight to the relevant Zoom page (the event will only be active just prior to the start time). If you'd like to join our mailing list to receive all the service details directly, please email the Parish Office (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com). If you are on our mailing list already, then you'll receive the details automatically. A guide for joining us on Zoom by phone can be seen here.
 

 

Services and events in person

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PRE-BOOKING: Please visit Eventbrite to pre-book for in person services.

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Advent Candle-lit Service 0312Sunday 28 November

Advent Evening Service, 6.30pm Booking required
A candlelit service with music, led by our Choir, and readings to help reflect on the meaning of advent. The service is followed by wine, juice, savouries, stollen and biscuits. Please book in advance via Eventbrite here or call Shirley Taylor on 01992 302995 and she will book the place for you.


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Christmas Coffee Morning, 10.30am - 12.30pm 
It's our bumper Christmas Coffee Morning! Local charities will be selling Christmas cards and gifts, plus - as always - a delicious selection of homemade cakes and bakes to tempt you. You can expect a warm welcome and festive music, too. Proceeds split between Isabel Hospice and St Andrew's Church.

 

Cheer and Carols no textSaturday 18 December

Beer & Carols in the Churchyard at St Andrew's
3.45-4.30pm OR 4.45-5.30pm (no need to pre-book)
A family-friendly festive drop-in with carols, beer and mulled wine. Drinks served inside the Church and carol singing in the churchyard led by our band. There are two sessions to choose from: 3.45pm or 4.45pm. Any funds raised will be split between Herts Young Homeless and St Andrew's Church.

Carol ServiceSunday 19 December

Seven Lessons and Carols Service, 6.30pm Booking required
Our traditional candlelit service of lessons and carols led by our Choir, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Please book in advance via Eventbrite here or call Shirley Taylor on 01992 302995 and she will book the place for you. Any funds donated will go to Shelter and Shelterbox.

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Melrose Quartet - A Bright New Year, 7.30pm Booking required
A Christmas Concert like no other - we welcome back the fantastic Melrose Quartet to treat you to the finest rousing Sheffield village carols alongside seasonal songs. Please book your tickets via TicketSource here.

Christmas Eve

Christingle Service 12noon St Crib & Christingle Service at St Andrew's, 12noon Booking required
This is the first of our traditional and popular Crib & Christingle Services on Christmas Eve, including carols, a story and prayers. Why not come along in your festive jumpers! Numbers are limited so please book in advance via Eventbrite here* or call Shirley Taylor on 01992 302995 and she will book the place for you. Any funds donated at our Crib & Christingle Service will go to The Children's Society.

Christingle Service 2.00pm St Crib & Christingle Service at St Mary's, Hertingfordbury, 2.00pm *FULLY BOOKED* - places are available for the 12noon service at St Andrew's and you can join our 6.00pm online service. 
The second of our traditional and popular Crib & Christingle Services on Christmas Eve, including carols, a story and prayers. 

Christingle Service 4.00pm St Crib & Christingle Service at St Andrew's, 4.00pm *FULLY BOOKED* - places are available for the 12noon service at St Andrew's and you can join our 6.00pm online service. 
The third of our traditional and popular Crib & Christingle Services on Christmas Eve, including carols, a story and prayers. Any funds donated at our Crib & Christingle Service will go to The Children's Society.

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Midnight Service, 11.15pm Booking required
Welcome in Christmas morning with our midnight communion service. Please book in advance via Eventbrite here or call Shirley Taylor on 01992 302995 and she will book the place for you. Any funds donated at our Midnight Service will go to Haven First in Stevenage. (St Andrew's Spire and Star image courtesy of Paul Crowley.)

Christmas Day

ChristmasAtStAndrew'sLight2017Christmas Day Communion Service, 8.00am
A traditional Christmas Communion using the Book of Common Prayer. No need to pre-book.




Christmas Day on ZoomChristmas Day Service for all ages, 10.30am Booking required
An all-age Christmas morning service with Choir and Organ. Please book in advance via Eventbrite here or call Shirley Taylor on 01992 302995 and she will book the place for you.
 

Will you miss someone this Christmas?

Remember them by name by tying a prayer to the 'Missing You Tree' at St Andrew's Church, Hertford, or St Mary's Church, Hertingfordbury.


Audio files

>>> St Andrew's Choir sing Once in Royal David's City - solo by Peter Sharman <<<
 

Square AdventTFTD2021Advent Thought for the Day

This Advent we will be exploring the Saints through our Thought for the Day. To receive the Thought each morning, please email the Parish Office (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com) so you can be added to our mailing list.


DailyHope phonelineDaily Hope phone line

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. Daily Hope information here.

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Hello and welcome to St Andrew's. If you are new, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning. During the period of Covid-19, please see the information at the bottom of this page.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our main Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and can settle in before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome Badge.

Plan your journey:
Unfortunately, St Andrew's does not have its own carpark. However, there is a council-run pay and display carpark a short distance along St Andrew Street, to the east of the church - there is no charge for parking in this carpark on Sundays, but please check for charges on other days.

This is a useful East Herts Council website page for full details of parking in Hertford.

There are single yellow lines outside the church with parking restrictions, but some 30-minute parking bays are situated on the opposite side of the road for short stays (longer on Sundays).

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet towards the back of the church, behind the kitchen.

Our Service

The service will usually begin promptly at 10.30am and will last between 60 and 75 minutes. We enjoy the presence of an excellent choir who help us sing hymns (modern and traditional) as well as provide anthems and special songs through the period of communion. We have a traditional organ but also benefit from music played on the piano and by our band (eg on the Second Sunday of each month when we have an All-Age Service in which our children and young people are fully involved).

Each 10.30am service includes a sermon, prayers and eucharist.

After the service, everyone is invited for coffee and conversation - some like to stay for a  quick chat while others remain in the church for a longer time.

Communion

Children and Young People

We have a great programme lined up for our children. This is organised by our Family, Children and Youth Worker, Tracy Plumpton, who is always delighted to welcome new faces. Those arriving before their first service at St Andrew’s can ask to see Tracy or one of the other leaders.

We really value worshipping God together as a family, so children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service before being invited to leave for the age appropriate activities after the first hymn. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The children and young people then return to the main service in time to join the eucharist and, if confirmed, take Holy Communion or, if not, receive a blessing.

There is a Children's Corner in church where you can go at any time. You will find books, toys and drawing materials there.

Toilet and baby-change facilities are located at the back of church, behind the kitchen.

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Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Home Groups on our website and see if there’s one that you could join. Alternatively, speak to a member of the Welcome Team who will give you the information that you need.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. Please contact Phil in the Church Office.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS DURING COVID-19:
What we describe above reflects our normal practice on Sunday mornings. However, since March 2020 we have had to adopt new ways of organising ourselves. For up-to-date information about current services (in church and online via Zoom), please look at details on our Worship and Prayer Page.
 
Get in touch with us
If you have any questions, please do get in touch. You'll find our contact details here.

We hope that you will feel at home at our church.